Book 7 Chapter 9 of Tom Jones.

This is part of an ongoing project in which I will record and post one chapter per week of Henry Fielding's Tom Jones over the course of four years.

This week's chapter deals with the fallout of Honour calling Mrs. Western ugly. Mrs. Western insists that Honour be committed to Bridewell, while Squire Western's clerk says that he doesn't have the power to do so. Mrs. Western insists that he does, and rather than consider that she's right about something, Squire Western sides with his clerk. Because of this, Western lets Honour get away with nothing more than being fired. Sophia and Honour plan on meeting at midnight to make their escape, but in the meantime, Western gives his daughter a large bank note, which should prove useful.

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AuthorMark Turetsky